Wisconsin’s historic presidential recount ended Monday and resulted in a net gain of 131 votes for President-elect Donald Trump over Democrat Hillary Clinton, the Wisconsin Elections Commission.
The recount resulted in a net change of 1,769 additional votes being counted, or 0.06 percent of the 2.975 million total ballot. The last statewide recount in a 2011 Supreme Court race added an extra 1,233 votes out of 1.5 million ballots.
Trump gained 837 votes from the recount and Clinton gained 706 votes. Trump won the state by 22,308 votes.
“Completing this recount was a challenge, but the real winners are the voters,” WEC chairman Mark Thomsen said in a statement. “Based on the recount, they can have confidence that Wisconsin’s election results accurately reflect the will of the people, regardless of whether they are counted by hand or by machine.”
The commission originally advised county clerks to complete their recount process by 8 p.m. Monday so it could certify the results on Tuesday, the last day federal law guarantees a state’s electoral votes will reflect the popular vote when the Electoral College convenes on Dec. 19.
On Monday the Board of Canvassers in the final four counties — Dane, Milwaukee, Outagamie and Rock — certified their results.
The recount of nearly 3 million votes began Dec. 1 after Green Party candidate Jill Stein paid the estimated $3.5 million cost. Stein gained an additional 66 votes.
The actual cost won’t be available for a few weeks, commission spokesman Reid Magney said. Stein will be responsible for paying any amount over the original estimate and will be refunded if the cost is less.
Last week a federal judge rejected a lawsuit by Trump supporters seeking to halt the recount. Stein’s campaign has said the goal of the recount was to affirm the validity of the election amid concerns about foreign involvement in trying to influence the outcome of the election.
Gov. Scott Walker expressed appreciation for the work done by the state’s 72 county clerks and hundreds of full-time, part-time and temporary employees.
“They’ve shown all throughout this process that it was very clear that the vote was legitimate here in the state,” Walker said.